【Exhibition】Taisho Modern – Taisho Imagery and Tokyo Modern Design. The Hibiya Library Museum until August 7, 2018.
The exhibition Taisho Modern – Taisho Imagery and Tokyo Modern Design is showing at the Hibiya Library Museum until August 7, 2018.
The burgeoning of the mass media and innovations in printing technologies during the Taishō and Shōwa eras of the early twentieth century gave rise to popular mass-produced printed materials known in Japan as imajuri (imagery). These came in the form of books, magazines, pamphlets, postcards and advertisements.
As the publishing world grew in prosperity, well-known artists including Yumeji Takehisa and Settai Komura created illustrations for novels, magazines and book covers. This was a time when popular culture such as cinema, theatre, music, cafes and modern fashion flourished in Tokyo, particularly in Ginza. This is also when the concept of commercial design first emerged, pioneered by Hisui Sugiura.
This exhibition, held in conjunction with the Takehisa Yumeji: Master of Japanese Modern Illustration exhibition at the Tokyo Station Gallery, introduces designs from magazines, books, pamphlets and packaging, and features timeless graphic design from the Taishō and early Shōwa eras that still looks fresh today.
■Period: Friday, 8 June – Tuesday, 7 August 2018.
※Closed Monday 18 June and Monday 16 July (national holiday)
■Hours: weekday 10:00～20:00, Saturdays 10:00～19:00
※Sundays and public holidays 10:00～17:00. (Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.)
■Venue: Special Exhibition Room, 1st Floor, Hibiya Library Museum, Chiyoda-ku.
■ Address: Hibiya Kōen 1-4, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
■Admission: General 300 yen; university and high school students 200 yen.
■Admission is free of charge for residents of Chiyoda-ku, students up to junior high school, disabled people with handicapped person’s passbook (accompanying attendant is also admitted free of charge). ※Proof of address/ or student identification card/ or disability certificate required, as applicable.